About the Georgia Clean Marina Program
A main attraction of coastal Georgia for both residents and visitors is the ability to get out onto the water, experience marshlands and creeks, and see marine life. This is commonly done by boat, and coastal Georgia has ample marinas at which to dock boats. These marinas are right on marshes and lead directly into waterways, so it is extremely important that they are utilizing environmentally clean practices.
The Georgia Clean Marina Program is a voluntary certification program allowing coastal Georgia marinas the opportunity to demonstrate their environmental stewardship through implementation of Clean Marina Best Management Practices (BMPs). Certified marinas will be eligible to fly the Georgia Clean Marina flag and use the logo in their advertising and promotional materials, signaling to potential clients their commitment to protecting coastal waterways. This Program is a partnership between the Georgia Marine Business Association (GAMBA), UGA Marine Extension and Georgia Sea Grant, and Georgia DNR/Coastal Resources Division.
Georgia is currently updating the program’s checklist and creating an implementation plan. The first group of marinas will be invited to take the Clean Marina Pledge in the fall of 2022 and will complete their certification in 2023.
Any coastal Georgia marina can apply to be a Clean Marina, and partners will work to accept as many annual applications as possible. All interested marinas are encouraged to review the information below before applying and to contact Kelly Hill (Kelly.firstname.lastname@example.org) if you have questions about the program.
Steps to Certification
- Introductory information session.
- Apply to be considered for certification.
- We will provide an open application period once a year with a form to fill out. This is posted below, and GAMBA will also send out an email with an inquiry form.
- A Clean Marina committee comprised of representatives from each of the three partners will review applications and invite an annual cohort of marinas to continue with the following steps. The number of accepted applications will depend on our capacity for that year.
- Selected marinas will receive and sign a pledge committing to working toward full certification and implementation of Clean Marina Best Management Practices (BMPs).
- After pledging, a marina has 1 year to become certified as outlined in the checklist and BMP Guidance.
- GAMBA will do a preliminary site visit with the marina to review the Clean Marina certification checklist, and the marina will take steps to meet a required percentage of checklist items.
- A Clean Marina committee member will conduct a site visit to verify that the checklist items have been met.
- Certification and award recognition.
- Once certified, the marina will be presented with a Georgia Clean Marina flag and sign at a ceremony at the marina. We will also host an annual awards ceremony to recognize all marinas that have been certified that year.
- An annual self-evaluation (checklist) will be completed by each certified marina and sent to the Clean Marina committee to confirm that the marina is still meeting checklist requirements.
- There will be a recertification site visit from the committee every 3 years to review the checklist in more detail.
- If marina ownership or management changes, that marina must inform the committee. The committee will then assign an introductory Clean Marina Program training to the new staff.
How to Apply (application period now closed)
Application period is now closed. Thank you to all of the marinas that have submitted their applications for this year. Applications will open again in August 2023.